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Supply Chain Security

What is C-TPAT?
C-TPAT is a 5-letter acronym for "Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism."  Launched in November 2001, this voluntary program is led by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with the concentration on reducing terrorism of private company's supply chains. 

What are the C-TPAT Membership Benefits?
According to the CBP, the benefits of participating in C-TPAT include:
  • Playing an active role in the war against terrorism.
  • A reduced number of CBP inspections.
  • Priority processing for CBP inspections.
  • Eligibility to attend C-TPAT training seminars.

What can I do now to reduce terrorism?
  • Seals used to secure loaded containers/trailers must meet or exceed the PAS ISO 17712 standards for high security seals.
  • All loaded US-bound containers/trailers MUST have a PAS ISO 17712 high-security seal affixed.
  • Create procedures for recognizing and reporting compromised seals to the CBP.
  • Customs Brokers should notify CBP or other law enforcement agencies whenever illegal activities related to security issues are suspected

Important Information for Importers:
The staff at KJW-CHB strongly encourages all importers and our business partners, regardless of having attained the C-TPAT certification, to have security procedures in place at the point of stuffing (including procedures to inspect, properly seal, and maintain the integrity of shipping containers and trailers.

For your convenience, we have provided a PDF link that outlines the 7 point inspection for empty containers & 17 point inspection for all trailers and tractors.  Furthermore, there is also information that pertains to recognizing and reporting compromised seals.  Please take a moment to review the document below: